The Q&A Archives: Cuttings From Juniperus horizontalis

Question: I have Juniperus horizontalis growing very well in my front yard and I want to take some cuttings to plant on a small slope in my back yard. How do I do this?

Answer: Junipers can be propagated by layering. The process is best begun in the spring, but you can layer now and have rooted plants by mid-spring next year. Light, sandy soil is ideal for layering; it drains well, is open and aerated, and it warms up quickly in spring. Failing that, any well-draining soil will do. The process is simple. Begin by bending a flexible branch down to ground level. Using a trowel, make a hole about 4" deep at the point where the branch will come into contact. Slit the stem with a sharp knife and wedge it open with a small stone. Pull the branch down and, using a piece of bent wire, peg it firmly into the soil. Cover the hole. Eventually roots will come from the area around the slit. When digging it up, try not to damage any of the small roots. Sever the stem from the parent plant and transplant your new junipers to their permanent homes.

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